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Longest Ever Wait?

Post by KenC » Wed Apr 10, 2019 1:16 pm

Around the turn of the century I read magazine reports about a Jaguar concept car - the Ftype. I knew I had to have one to replace my Lotus Elise. However, the car never made production in that form. In 2002 I bought a 2001 XK Convertible which sat alongside my Elise as it could not replace it. In 2008 I bought a new XK60 Convertible which I had for 2 years before I bought a Porsche Boxster.

I was lucky enough to be invited to participate in a Jaguar Market Research exercise when the proposed and yet to be named car was displayed alongside a Boxster and a 911 so in a small way I helped shape the first production cars.

In late 2011, when the Boxster was less than a year old, the order books opened for the F type. I placed a deposit for the second build slot at my dealer.

I attended a Jaguar launch event in London and a local dealer lauch event.

In late April 2013 the time came to confirm my order. My dealer could not give me a competitive price for my Boxster so I agreed to sell it for cash to my Porsche dealer. When I took it to leave it with them I was going to call into the Jaguar dealer on the way home to order what would have been a mid £70k V6 S with just a few options. Being new there was no discount to list leaving me to find over £50k over my Boxster, which began to feel like a lot of money. While at the Porsche dealer they showed me a fully specced Boxster S with a list price in excess of £60k but offered to me for around £54k. At a saving of over £20k and a much better spec I made a spur of the moment decision to buy it and had my Jaguar deposit returned.

Today I placed a deposit on a white P300 RD Coupe with exterior black pack which I collect on 14th May when I return from abroad. So that will be nearly 20 years since I first became interested in it. So 5 more weeks should pass in a flash.
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Re: Longest Ever Wait?

Post by scm » Wed Apr 10, 2019 2:12 pm

Good to see someone exercising good taste, even it's taken them 20 years to come to their senses! :)
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Re: Longest Ever Wait?

Post by basher » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:35 pm

Congrats Ken. Your wait trumps mine. 18 months from first test drive to ownership. Plus maybe another 4 years since the first time I ever saw an F.
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Re: Longest Ever Wait?

Post by steviegtr » Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:47 pm

Well I suppose it was not that long but 43yrs ago I had a E-Type 4.2 series 2 roadster, which started me on a long life of sports cars & a lot of money gone on steel & plastic. The car I had been looking for was an Audi RS4 or RS5. Then I saw the F-Type 2 weeks ago & that was it. Not stopped smiling since.
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